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May 15, 2020  

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Hello!

I hope everyone is staying safe. My guest this week is gentleman by the name of Nelson Dacier. In Nelson's story we find a man who went from being an attorney to a convicted felon. Today, he's turned it all around and he is a counselor and an author. What we want to know is if there are any tidbits of his overcoming adversity we can use in our journey to overcome the adversities we face. Join me for my chat with Nelson Dacier. 

Google Nelson to learn more about him and find his book.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

April 20, 2020  

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Hello!

On this Episode, Robert Galinsky calls in from New York. Robert was on the show back in 2017 and it was certainly time to catch up.  Robert has a long list of achievements and accomplishments in theater, as an author, and is active in speaking out on justice related causes. The latter is where our paths cross. Robert has a lot of good information available with a simple google search! Since he's experiencing the nightmare that is currently happening in New York, we spent a little bit of time talking about that as well.

Join me for my conversation with Robert Galinsky on this week's episode.

If God is for us who can be against us? 

March 30, 2020  

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Hello Everyone!

Hopefully you're staying safe! On this episode I take a look at our situation and pass on a few thoughts I have about it all.

There were 3 major pandemics in the 20th century. The 1918 Spanish Flu, the 1957 Asian Flu, and the 1968 Hong Kong Flu took a huge toll on life in the United States. These numbers are approximate but generally agreed upon to be close: Spanish Flu - 195,000, Asian Flu - 116,000, Hong Kong Flu - 100,000. I had no idea that many lives were lost in the United States to those pandemics. It looks like this could be a pandemic that has those kinds of numbers in the United States.

Wash you hands 15 times a day! Social Distancing! Stay Home as much as possible! 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

March 6, 2020  

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Welcome!

Faust Ruggiero is my guest this week. Faust is an author and a therapist and has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings over a 40 year period. In this episode, I spoke with Faust to get his ideas on integration and how we as ex-offenders can work through the adversity in ways in which we experience peace and being content.  Check out my interview with Faust!

Faust Ruggiero

If god is for you, who can be against you?

February 29, 2020  

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My guest this week, Kam Knight, has written several books in the area of mental performance. He calls himself a "mind expert", and is going to be giving us his thoughts on how we can control our thoughts and decisions. Being able to do this in various situations under a variety of stress factors is obviously important. But honestly, can you say you're able to do this 100% of the time? Join me for my conversation with Kam Knght on this week's episode.

If God is for you who can be against you?

February 16, 2020  

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Hello Everyone!

My guest today is named Melissa Snow. Melissa Snow is a life coach that has a lot to say on the topic of relationships. More specifically, Melissa Snow is versed in relationships in which one partner has a felony conviction. These relationships have an extra bit of strain on them. Melissa speaks from experience and identifies what these strains are and how to handle them. This is an important episode for those of us dealing with the ongoing processes involved with reintegration. 

I really liked the things Melissa had to say in our interview and I'm positive you'll get something out of our chat.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

January 27, 2020  

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Hello!

I came home from prison in 2008. I was gone for 7 years and 11 months. There were instantaneously recognizable changes along with some surprise about things that hadn't changed. I've been home 12 years and off paper since 2010 when my sentence discharged. 

This journey after incarceration is ever changing and hopefully an ever growing experience. Even after these 12 years, I'm still learning how to adjust. Every once in a while the big "x" on back turns neon and flashes in new situations for which I hadn't really anticipated. I had one of those experiences recently and I want to share it with you in the hope that it's something you can relate to. 

I was certain that I was being screwed with by the DPS worker that was supposed to be renewing my driver's license because of my felony conviction. Turns out, I was wrong....

Join me as I discuss this experience and how it has changed me for the better.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

January 2, 2020  

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Happy New Year everyone!

On the podcast this time around I interview David Essel. David loves to share his ideas and in our chat he was able to convey his thoughts about moving forward after incarceration. He has a long history as a successful life coach and author. After the interview, be sure to check out David's internet presence and to locate his books on all of the popular platforms.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

December 21, 2019  

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Hello and Merry Christmas!

Over the years, I've had many, many, many people ask to be on my little podcast. Out of the 190 whatever episodes, only a handful don't have a guest. The reason for that has always been the abundance of people wanting to come on the podcast. It is for that reason that I have almost never had anyone on twice. It's happened before but only a couple of times. 

My guest this week is an exception to the rule. John Vespacian is a returning guest. He has an excellent point of view and applies his life experiences to describe how to navigate life's hurdles. He's the author of several books and he presents his information in a concise manner that simply makes sense. 

John called in from the Netherlands for our chat so there is a minor delay in our question/answer. Check out my interview with John Vespacian on this week's podcast. 

If God is for you, who can be against you? 

 

November 21, 2019  

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Hello Everyone! 

My guest this time around is Aquarius Abye. Aquarius contacted me about a book he's writing and his desire to share the things he's learned since doing 14 years state time in California. He's got a great story about how he was able to put his destructive past behind him and work toward a full and productive future. 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

October 31, 2019  

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Welcome to this week's podcast!

My guest this week is Tina Yeager. Tina uses her platforms as an author, podcast host, life coach, and therapist to address issues like unresolved anger, shame, forgiveness, and bitterness. Do any of those seem familiar? 

Check out my interview with Tina Yeager and be sure to check out the links she mentions at the end of the interview.

If God is for you who can be against you?  

October 17, 2019  

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Hello Every One!

My guest today is Josh Schmude. Josh has a great story to tell and is an excellent example of getting a conviction in the rear view mirror. I think you'll enjoy our chat! Be sure to check out more on Josh after the interview. click here

I want to take a moment to say hello to everyone that contacted me over the past year. The by-pass surgery went perfectly and I feel great!

If God is for me who can be against me?

 

 

October 18, 2018  

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Hey Everybody!

We are taking a short break. The show will be back in October with more great ideas for ex-offenders and their friends and loved ones as they return home.

September 17, 2018  

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Hi There!

Dr. Clete Bulach comes from a career in Education and has spent most of that time on the administrative end. He now has a company called Professional Development and Assessment Center. One of the services offered by this company is providing traing in conflict resolution and management. This is where Clete and my paths have crossed.

When comining home from long periods of incarceration, the former offender must learn to rid themslves of the survival/prison mentality. Society does not work the way prison does. Settling conflict with violence will simply get someone locked up again. These behaviors must be unlearned. Join as Clete describes how this can be done. You can find out more about Clete here: Clete Bulach.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

August 16, 2018  

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Hello everyone!

In this week's episode we take a look at a study done by the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute. From 2001 to 2006, the Justice Policy Center did a study to determine what challanges men and women face upon returning home from incarceration. When I compare my experince to their high end research, there are a lot of "duhs" along with some strange outcomes. However, everyone's experience is unique even though there are undoubtedly some common issues. So we take a look at the study to see what we can learn for loved ones coming home or formerly incarcerated individuals looking for validation of their struggles. There are no answers here this week and that really is my point. It takes high end research scholars to tell us that ex-offenders have a hard time finding a job? Hey scholars - where are the answers?

You can see the entire study here : Justice Policy Center Study

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?